What Does “Mean” Mean?

Neal Pollard Does that question seem strange to you? Mean is a verb defined as "intend to convey, indicate, or refer to" (Apple Dictionary, Version 2.2.2). Postmodernism claims that there is no purely objective knowledge, truth, or norms. Therefore, meaning is what you make it mean. Several years ago, James Sire gave the framework for what … Continue reading What Does “Mean” Mean?

A Lonely, Lonely Man

Neal Pollard My sons and I often say that we don’t really want to know much about our favorite singers. It seems that there’s always immorality and stories of their ungodliness. That’s as true of many of the rock, country, and easy listening singers from decades ago as those making music today. Despite my having … Continue reading A Lonely, Lonely Man

Why We Are Here

Neal Pollard It’s so easy to lose sight of our purpose. Even as Christians, our identity can become the things that are associated with this earth and this life. We can move along the road of life, unmindful of why we’re hear and what we’re to be doing with our time. Since at least my … Continue reading Why We Are Here

Avoid Being Ironic

Neal Pollard Friday night, Carl and I flew to Bismarck, North Dakota. Why? Well, of course, we wanted to attend the “Melita Banana Days” in Melita (pronounced Meh LIT Uh), Manitoba. That, and stay in a Bed and Breakfast in Carnduff, Saskatchewan, that doubles as an ice cream shop. Saturday night, we were back in … Continue reading Avoid Being Ironic

BARRIERS TO COMMUNICATION

Neal Pollard I was asked by a preacher from Texas to go and provide emotional support to a family of brand new Christians he reached with the gospel. In a tragic circumstance, the matriarch of this family was in the hospital Sunday morning to have a gallstone removed and doctors accidentally severed the hepatic portal … Continue reading BARRIERS TO COMMUNICATION

Who Is The Greatest?

Neal Pollard The preacher who dazzles with his insight, personality, influence, popularity, or following? The teacher who is the students’ favorite? The member who is “balling” (making a lot of money and having a lot of success in business)? The family with the biggest house and nicest automobiles? The one with the best academic pedigree, … Continue reading Who Is The Greatest?

What Are You Living For?

Neal Pollard A man had the good fortune and insight to take a chance with a credit card company in the Baltimore area several decades ago. He retired a wealthy, high ranking executive. In the course of his career, he put together a streak so impressive--35 years in which he never missed a day of … Continue reading What Are You Living For?

Live Beyond Yourself

  Neal Pollard “Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life's busy way; Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart; Only one life, 'twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last.” The first stanza of the powerful, convicting poem by C.T. Studd has been the … Continue reading Live Beyond Yourself

THE FOLLY OF CHRONICALLY PLAYING THE WORSHIP CRITIC

Neal Pollard I’ve known individuals whose sole purpose in the assemblies has seemed to be to critique those who lead the worship or show up to engage in it, from their appearance to their aptitude.  While we certainly need to avoid having someone blatantly engaging in sin and error (that’s an article for a different … Continue reading THE FOLLY OF CHRONICALLY PLAYING THE WORSHIP CRITIC

Act While You Can!

Neal Pollard Recently, I was corresponding with Arthur Ohanov, a gospel preacher in Donetsk, Ukraine, who served as my translator on a couple of mission trips to eastern Ukraine in the early 2000s.  In part, he wrote me, “As I am typing this letter I hear bombing in our city, but God is good! We … Continue reading Act While You Can!